Updated at 3 p.m. ET
Arkansas' attempt to carry out a spate of executions before the end of the month has run into two fresh legal obstacles.
The first, a ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday, granted a stay of execution to prisoner Stacey Johnson, who is scheduled to die tonight.
The court denied an appeal from Ledell Lee, the other inmate scheduled for execution on Thursday — but his execution, along with all the others on the calendar, is still blocked by a second court ruling.